TSCF warns Belgian government against authoritarian drift

TSCF expresses its deep preoccupation in the face of the evolution of the country, which reflects the evolution of Europe by and large.

Back to the nineties, Belgium was a relatively well organized and peaceful country with a still strong spirit of community that allowed to settle issues fairly easily through negotiation and compromise.

The effects of the power’s policy have weakened this fragile balance. Weak growth, increased poverty, explosive multi-ethnicity, and an accelerated sale of crucial assets to foreign powers have damaged the identity and cohesion of the country.

Those in power try to alleviate the  consequences of their policies by strengthening bureaucratic controls and increasing surveillance over the population.

We note the violation of privacy contained in the extensive misuse of the national identity registry, a tool for the government to track citizens with the involvement of police. Government bodies can access such registry while citizens ignore what it contains. Projects to cross all data available on citizens were reported.

Other practices are subject to democratic critique, such as the right for government to seize fiscal assets without any judicial control, in virtue of an “exemption” it grants to itself.

Instead of increasing control over the population, governments should address the problems they have created, such as unemployment, precariousness and immigration.

In a democratic system, the role of the state must be minimal. A powerful civil society is able to solve its own problems. The spirit of community, progressively undermined by bureaucratic control and state welfare, is an essential mean to produce this result.